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Has Gus Van Sant Found His Christian Grey?

Alex PettyferThe film adaptation of controversial romance novel 50 Shades of Grey might have found its leading man.

It is rumored that director Gus Van Sant had British actor Alex Pettyfer - whom you may recall as Adam from Magic Mike - test for the role of Christian Grey, the protagonist of E.L. James' steamy romance novel. While nothing is set in stone just yet, sources say that Van Sant has had Pettyfer test a scene with an unknown actress in order to impress the film's producers.

Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are among some of the stars whose names have been suggested for the role of Christian.

As for the role of the female lead, Anastasia Steele, both Elizabeth Olsen and Emma Watson have ruled out the possibility of accepting the part.

There's no word yet as to when the film is due to be released.

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Kristen Stewart Excited to Get On the Road

Kristen Stewart at the Met GalaContinuing to distance herself from Twilight-esque roles, is set to star in the film adaptation of On the Road.

The actress - who has been signed up to portray the character of Marylou, a disaffected drifter in the 1957 novel by Jack Kerouac - will begin shooting the picture at the end of the summer when she has finished all her promotion work for , the third film in the popular vampire franchise.

“I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever. Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too. I am about to play Marylou in On the Road. So that’s a big deal.”

The movie, which is a largely autobiographical work based on the spontaneous road trips of the novelist and his friends across the US, will also star Tron Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund who will play Marylou’s husband. The picture, which is rumored to be directed by Walter Salles, has been spoken about for years by filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant and Francis Ford Coppola who were keen to adapt Kerouac’s story for the big screen.

Robert Pattinson Likes Gus Van Sant for Breaking Dawn

Jamie Campbell Bower and apparently have two different visions for the Breaking Dawn adaptation.

In a recent interview, New Moon‘s Bower said would love to see his Sweeney Todd boss, Tim Burton, behind the camera for the fourth installment. “I think he’d just change it up. I think he’d screw around with it quite a lot, and aesthetically, I think it’d be incredibly different,” Jamie said. But which direction would Pattinson like to see the film go?

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2009 Academy Award Nominations

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Oscar statues

Despite no major wins for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Jan. 11’s Golden Globes, the film lead all entries at this morning’s Academy Award nominations. The Brad Pitt feature will go into next month’s ceremony with 13 opportunities to walk away with at least one statue. (Slumdog Millionaire will have 10 chances.)

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from today’s press conference:

  • (The Reader) - a double-winner just a few weeks ago - only received one nomination this morning. Meryl Streep will only get one chance as well for her role in Doubt.
  • Although it wasn’t represented at the Globes, Frozen River was recognized several times today.
  • ‘s nomination (on the anniversary of his death!) was expected; The Dark Knight‘s omission was a disappointment.
  • Four acting nods for Doubt didn’t equate to an honor for the film.
  • Several pleasant announcements in the Best Actor/Supporting Actor categories: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and (Tropic Thunder). Shannon got the only major nom for his picture.

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Box Office Breakdown: Number One for Four Christmases

Four Christmases

Theatergoers still recovering from Thanksgiving had no problem getting into the Christmas spirit this last weekend.

Despite horrible reviews, - a holiday feature starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn - managed to pull in over $31 million over the past three days. (The comedy’s five-day total was $46 million.) That was enough to tame some hungry vampires and give Reese her best opening since Sweet Home Alabama. (The 2002 film had a $35.6 million debut.)

But even with Witherspoon and Vaughn’s combined wattage, Christmases still wasn’t the brightest spot on the box office tree. This weekend’s top performer was actually a political drama with a very limited release. Although it was only seen in 35 theaters, , starring Sean Penn and James Franco, found itself sitting in 10th place. The Gus Van Sant film also averaged $40,385 per theater…nearly $31,000 more than the laugher did per screen.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week (11/26)

Sean Penn in Milk

Here are some possible suggestions for your Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Australia (PG-13): starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham (directed by Baz Luhrmann)
  • Four Christmases (PG-13): starring Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall (directed by Seth Gordon)
  • Transporter 3 (PG-13): starring Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Justin Rodgers Hall (directed by Olivier Megaton)
  • Milk* (R): starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin (directed by Gus Van Sant)
  • Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye!* (NR): starring Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra (directed by Dibakar Banerjee)
  • The Secrets* (R): starring Fanny Ardant, Ania Bokstein, Michal Shtamler (directed by Avi Nesher)

*limited and/or gradual release

Preview Sean Penn in the Trailer for Milk

Last month, we told you about Milk, a biopic about the first openly gay man elected into a public office.

Now we’re getting our first chance to see as Harvey Milk in this feature from Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting).

Based on those 2.5 minutes, I’m going to make an early prediction and utter the words “Oscar nomination” for Penn.

- also starring Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco and Emile Hirsch - opens this November 28.

James Franco Talks About Kissing Sean Penn

Sean Penn and James Franco

UPDATE: You can see James Franco detailing his experience with Sean Penn after the jump.

Since so much was made about Scarlett kissing Penelope in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, why don’t we turn the tables for a bit? Later this year, we’ll get to see Sean Penn and James Franco sharing a few lip locks of their own.

In Milk, Sean stars as real-life politician Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected into a public office. (San Francisco’s city supervisor was later assassinated in 1978.) James plays Scott Smith, one of Milk’s boyfriends.

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In Theaters this Weekend (3/7)

The Bank Job

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend: